\ ˈdāl How to pronounce dale (audio) \

Definition of dale

: valley, vale went riding over hill and dale

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Examples of dale in a Sentence

the beautiful hills and dales of our county a hunting lodge in a secluded dale in the country
Recent Examples on the Web In the Fayetteville-Spring-dale-Rogers area, the average price was $3.61, about 41 cents higher than last week and 52 cents higher than a month ago. Arkansas Online, 8 Mar. 2022 There will be additional food items available for purchase, including foolish mortal funnel cake and an apple ginger dale frozen drink. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 2 June 2021 Why do so many Twin Cities mall names end in 'dale'? Star Tribune, 16 Oct. 2020 Hike along the River Swale, discovering waterfalls and enchanting hamlets tucked in among the dales. National Geographic, 12 June 2019 Harrogate is 25 miles from the village of Haworth, where the Brontë family lived, and both are within easy reach of both the moors and the dales. Ruth Bloomfield, WSJ, 9 Aug. 2018 Follow the arrows for Descanso Trail into a narrow dale shaded by oak trees, keeping a black mesh fence on your left. Charles Fleming, latimes.com, 10 Mar. 2018 The atypical placement of the bunkers was a function of the distinctive topography of the site — hummocks, gorges, hills and dales that slanted and dipped. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 14 June 2017 Unlike the miles of hiking trails that climb over hill and dale and greenways that twist and turn along the banks of rivers, rail trails are generally flat with long, gentle curves. Joseph A. O'brien Jr., courant.com, 17 May 2017 See More

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First Known Use of dale

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dale

Middle English, from Old English dæl; akin to Old High German tal valley, Welsh dôl

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“Dale.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dale. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈdāl How to pronounce dale (audio) \

Kids Definition of dale

: valley

Dale biographical name (1)

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Definition of Dale

 (Entry 1 of 2)

Sir Henry Hallett 1875–1968 English physiologist


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Definition of Dale (Entry 2 of 2)

Sir Thomas died 1619 English colonial administrator in Virginia

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